Unit Overview

The women’s rights movements have gone through two phases in the United States. The first was the feminist movement that led to women gaining the right to vote and other basic rights. The second wave of feminism took place in the 60s and 70s and was centered around women gaining further autonomy and challenging social structures that limited women’s roles in society. The talk by Rebecca Traister on the changing demographics of marriage is interesting food for thought as we think about what the future of gender relationships might be like going forward. Many have wondered if the #metoo movement makes the beginning of a new era in how sexual harassment and assault are view and treated in society


Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex

“one is not born a woman, one becomes a woman” is a profound insight about the relationship between sex and gender. We are born male, female, or intersexed but we are not born a man or a woman. De Beauvoir was one of the very important voices in second wave feminism and her writing is still relevant today.

Male Privilege

Male privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard, it means gender isn’t one of the things making your life harder. That being said, many people might still wonder whether there is such a thing as male privilege. Male privilege is harder to see than privilege based on race or class, but nevertheless, it is very real. Here, here, and here are compilations of statistical evidence for male privilege. An interesting way of understanding male privilege is hearing from people who have transitioned between genders. Below are a couple of videos of people explaining their experience.


Gender Implicit Bias

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